Program Report: Captain David Jacobs – Medic One

DavidJacobs2webA heart attack occurs when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked and fails to deliver oxygenated blood to part of the heart muscle. If severe enough this can stop the heart…heart attack…cardiac arrest.

I’ve pushed lawnmowers thousands of miles over the years but when I cut my grass the last time last year in early November it was the first time I can remember having to stop frequently and catch my breath. I didn’t have this problem in October or ever before.

To make a long story short, a month later, on 12/12/12, I found myself on a table in the cath lab at Durham Regional watching the doc insert a stent in the coronary artery known as the widow-maker. They estimated the blockage at 95% and apparently closing fast.

During the presentation by our own Rotarian, Fire Department Captain David Jacobs, I wasn’t thinking about the stent but about what might have happened while I was stubbornly finishing the grass even though I was finally becoming aware that something really wasn’t right.

Unfortunately there are enough meatheads in the world like me that, in spite of other redeeming qualities, will try to wish health problems away and delay dealing with them. This is why we need passionate advocates like Captain Jacobs who was asking for support of the Medic One Foundation and the Durham Fire Department to improve the resuscitation rate for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest kills nearly 400,000 Americans each year, which is six times more than breast, lung, and prostate cancer combined. When cardiac arrest strikes the heart stops abruptly, without warning. For each minute that elapses, the chances of survival diminish 10%.

David also pointed out that the effectiveness of treating cardiac arrest is one of the best outcome measurements for evaluating the quality of our emergency services, which David leads here in Durham.

The goals of Medic One are to answer two questions. First, can non-physicians be trained to perform in a situation requiring resuscitation? The second is can lives by saved? The answers are both yes. Medic One came out of pioneering work in the late 60’s in Seattle. The first innovation they called “tiered response” which essentially means getting trained resources to the scene quickly and this often means a fire truck rather than an ambulance. Seattle’s second innovation was that they were the first to implement “Citizen CPR.”

In the early 70’s when the government defunded Medic One, the local Rotary, recognizing its value, contributed a substantial amount for equipment to keep what would become a national foundation up and running.

Today over 40 years later Seattle has become the model system that Fire and EMS agencies around the world are trying to copy. They get results. Their survival rate is 56%. North Carolina’s rate is 5%. Yep, they are 11 times better than North Carolina as a whole, and we are far from the worst. Think Detroit.

Durham, under David’s leadership, wants to raise that average. In the 90’s up until about 2110, EMS in Durham were getting a pulse back about 12 to 18% of the time. Today it is between 35% to 40%.

By raising money locally under the flag of Medic One they wish to provide community wide CPR and AED training, advanced training for firefighters and paramedics and buy state-of-the-art defibrillators. Part of the campaign is also to put pubic access defibrillators in targeted areas.

More information about Medic One in Durham is available from David at his email address,

In answer to a question about why they take a fire truck out on an emergency call, David coolly replied that they couldn’t get there in five minutes if they ran.

David proved in two ways the slogan at the bottom of his PowerPoints, “We do more than just fight fires.” They save meatheads like me from ourselves and do jokes pretty well too.

Upcoming Schedule: Note change to this week’s program

JUNE 17, 2013            DAVID JACOBS

Durham Fire Department and Medic One

Introduction: Sheridan van Wagenberg


JUNE 24, 2013            DR. MITCH HEFLIN


Introduction: Ted Corvette


JULY 01, 2013            NO MEETING!!!

In Observance of the Fourth of July Holiday


JULY 08, 2013            BOB INGRAM

Hatteras Venture Partners

Durham Community and RTP Strategy Update

Introduction: Don Stanger


JULY 15, 2013            ALEX QUIGLEY, Principal

Maureen Joy Charter School

Introduction: Chris Combs


Program Report: President Don Stanger – Centennial Planning

DonClasswebPlanning for the club’s centennial anniversary in 2015-16 has been one of President Don’s major goals this year.  A committee to commence planning has met but President Don wants broader input from club members about our vision of how this important landmark should be honored and celebrated.  An important part of this process is establishing priorities with as much consensus as possible.  To kick off that process our club meeting was devoted to discussion at each table of a worksheet with numerous options for celebrating the club’s hundred years of service above self and to come up with additional, creative suggestions.

Providing a context for these discussions was a short Powerpoint presentation by President Don highlighting key developments from the founding of Rotary in Chicago in 1905 and the formation of the Durham Rotary Club ten years later to the present.  The first club president was “Gene” Newsom whose classification was book and stationery business.  Newsom would later serve as District Governor and two terms as Durham’s mayor.  His involvement in Rotary at the national and international level led to his election as president of Rotary International in 1929-30.

In the early years Durham Rotary met on the first and third Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. at the Malbourne Hotel.  Dues were ten dollars a quarter.  Attendance at meetings has always been important—a fine of one dollar (the equivalent of roughly $21 today!) was levied for missing a meeting and a fine of twenty-five cents if Rotarians weren’t in the seats by 1:05 p.m. sharp!

Over the years Durham Rotary has played an important role in the life of the community and civic affairs.  A close relationship with Duke University has existed since the early days and the club has undertaken several projects to enhance the city: a park with a bandstand was the club’s first gift to the community.  The bandstand was subsequently moved to Bennett Place where it still stands; the club continues to serve as steward of the bandstand which we refurbished in 2009.  Another park was the gift to the city on the occasion of the club’s golden anniversary.

There followed what I observed as lively discussions at each table about priorities for the centennial celebration.  Each table had a worksheet that provided some suggested priorities but the tables were free, indeed, encouraged to add their own ideas.  The suggested priorities fell into five categories: club history, signature project/service, focus on literacy, fundraising and communications.  President Don will tabulate each table’s comments.

My observations are by no means scientific but here is an impression of what I heard:  A history of the club was generally given a thumbs up although one table made a very insightful comment about determining the audience for the history and suggesting it not be a mere chronology but written with the view in mind of informing prospective Rotarians of the values and contributions of Rotary.  Continued emphasis on literacy was universally highly rated.  Most tables thought highly of a gala, a party, to celebrate this achievement but there was a suggestion for smaller events.  The notion of “100 Acts of Service” found support. Someone suggested 100 hours of service. Some tables were less keen on an international focus as well as the need for founding a new club in Durham.  Virtually everyone enthusiastically supported the idea of a Hundred Years of Rotary in Durham exhibit at the history museum.  A signature project found support.  There was a suggestion that it might be providing shelters at bus stops that could also be used to tell Rotary’s story.

Finally, another aspect of the meeting was for everyone to check his or her classification to ensure it is correct.

Submitted by Allen Cronenberg

Editor’s note:  For those not at the meeting or those that want to review it click  here,  A Brief History of Durham Rotary, to view President Don’s PowerPoint presentation.


Upcoming Rotary Program Schedule

JUNE 10, 2013            DON STANGER, PRESIDENT

Rotary Club of Durham

Classification and Club Centennial Workshop

Introduction: Don Stanger


JUNE 17, 2013            JEFF POLISH

The Monti at Rotary

Introduction: Rob Everett


JUNE 24, 2013            DR. MITCH HEFLIN


Introduction: Ted Corvette


JULY 01, 2013            NO MEETING!!!

In Observance of the Fourth of July Holiday

Program Report: Durham Tech – Bill Ingram and Constanza Gomez-Joines

Durham Tech’s Center for the Global Learner

DurTechwebWith lunch imports straight from “Q-Shack,” the smoked goodies were as local as it gets.  But our featured speaker dished out food for thought with international flavor during our club’s off-site meeting Monday hosted by Durham Technical Community College.

Constanza (Connie) Gomez-Joines shared an exciting international growth story now underway at the Center for the Global Learner, which she heads as its executive director.   Her leadership position at the center seems entirely appropriate for a hard-charging Peruvian-born native of Argentina who called multiple nations home before joining Durham Tech in the 1990’s as a language instructor.

In short, the center wants students to up their games.  It wants graduates to be “engaged global citizens.” And it is offering multiple programs and activities to build their ability to compete in a 21st-Century global marketplace populated by international peers.

Students have to understand “the global aspects of what they do,” explained Dr. Bill Ingram, president of Durham Tech, president-elect of our club, and luncheon host at the Phail Wynn Center.  Ingram said the school is combining the traditional mission of community colleges with the realities of globalization and technology linking the community and the workplace.

As part of that mission, the Center for the Global Learner is recruiting foreign students to participate side-by-side with local students for mutual benefit.  Gomez-Joines said more than 500 international students from Kenya, Nigeria, India, China, Mexico, Liberia, Ethiopia, Philippines, El Salvador, Ghana, Brazil, Myanmar and other nations are involved.

The forward agenda is gigantic:  Recruiting international students. Building strategic partnerships with business, industry, non-profits, governments and other institutional partners. Harvesting grants. And refining the school’s central administration of programming and activities to provide an efficient focal point for Durham Tech’s global side.

So far, so good:

The center’s program to teach English as a second language served more than 1,700 students from 78 nations in 2012-2013.  Its program to prepare students for careers in translations nearly doubled from 13 in 2012 to 24 in 2013.  It received one of only 10 grants nationally from the National Center for Family Literacy and the Metlife Foundation for its “Parent Academy” to foster better parenting.  It is partnering with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke.  It recently hosted 32 Japanese students for English immersion studies.

Looking ahead, the center is competing to sustain growth with, yes, a distinctively international flavor.

BillIngramwebAnd we’ll look forward to an update in the future, even with distinctively local cuisine.  Many thanks to President-elect Bill for hosting.

(Submitted by Mark Lazenby)

Nicholas B. Fagan Award – Lois Cranford

Below is a copy of the proclamation that was awarded to Lois Cranford with the Nicholas B. Fagan Award.




Durham, North Carolina

District 7710


WHEREAS, LOIS RIBELIN CRANFORD and her late husband H.C. CRANFORD JR. were longtime and devoted members of the Durham Rotary Club, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD began her involvement with the club more than 60 years ago as an involved and dedicated Rotary partner during her husband’s many years as a member,  committee chairman, president, and district governor of Rotary, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD was made an honorary member of the Durham Rotary Club by unanimous election by the Board in1989, and has been a Paul Harris Fellow for decades, and

WHEREAS, LOIS AND H.C. CRANFORD enjoyed participating in Rotary activities beyond the Club level, attending District Conferences and meetings, participating in Friendship Exchanges, and traveling to many Rotary International conventions with friends from District 7710 on trips they organized and directed, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD over the years became the unofficial new member historian and trainer of Durham Rotary, welcoming hundreds of new members to this club and encouraging them to discover the joy of active Rotary membership as she and H.C. had, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD began and independently ran an annual Poinsettia Sale as a fundraiser for the Club’s scholarship program, raising significant funds over the past 15 years for deserving young people, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD was always enthusiastic about joining other Durham Rotarians in projects over the years, particularly hosting Group Study Exchange visitors, packing meals at Stop Hunger Now events, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, serving as a classroom volunteer for Y.E. Smith Elementary School, and providing wonderful fried chicken and pimento cheese sandwiches for Rotary construction crews building homes through Habitat for Humanity, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD provided visionary leadership to many other nonprofits in the area, including the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Family Counseling Service, the Watts Hospital/Durham Regional Hospital Auxiliary, the Volunteer Center of Durham, the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, Durham United Way, the Coalition for Battered Women, and many other causes benefitting the citizens of this area, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD’s favorite activities were always the personal ones that largely went unnoticed, such as simply providing the ride that enabled a child to attend her Girl Scout meetings, buying a bike for a youngster at Christmas, taking frozen turkeys to area shelters at Thanksgiving, convincing her friends to join her in sponsoring a Share Your Christmas family for the holidays, or taking a new Habitat homeowner a trunk full of items after the house was dedicated, all while being a devoted grandmother to her own nine grandchildren, and

WHEREAS, LOIS AND H.C. CRANFORD always tried to live and raise their daughters, Durham Rotary Past-President Susan Ross and Kathryn Raby of Charlotte, by the ideals of Rotary’s Four Way Test — truth, fairness, good will, better friendships, and benefit to all — as well as a commitment to “Service Above Self,”

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT LOIS RIBELIN CRANFORD is awarded the Nichols B. Fagan Award for outstanding service to the Durham Rotary Club.

SIGNED, this, the ____ day of May, 2013.